Suitcases have graduated from purely functional items designed to carry clothing to bonafide fashion statements within themselves. Whether you’re hopping around the globe for work or play, a chic, functional piece of luggage should be at the top of your list. However, finding the right suitcase to suit your individual travel needs and personal style can be a tricky task. Here are the best travel suitcases you need to invest in this year.
1. Samsonite Octolite 75cm Spinner
Whether you’re heading on a relaxing holiday or off on a business trip, Samsonite’s Octolite 75cm Spinner case has you covered. Featuring an innovative design, this impressive suitcase is ideal for the modern traveler. With every curve and groove perfectly sculpted, the Octolite is ultralightweight and incredibly durable. However, its unique and practical shape isn’t the only benefit of this handy travel companion. The case also boasts a variety of impressive features, including a TSA combination lock and 360° multidirectional spinner wheels for maneuverability.
2. Victorinox Lexicon Hardside Large
The Victorinox Lexicon Large Hardside case is part of the esteemed brand’s most technically advanced collection of hardside luggage to date. Sturdy, spacious and innovative, this case boasts the latest in moulding technology and functionality. Featuring super-recessed wheels and haul handles, the case offers travellers greater packing capacity than any other case in its class. Additionally, this smart design is incredibly reliable with a 100% virgin polycarbonate shell and an integrated combination lock.
3. Delsey Luggage Helium Aero International Carry-On Expandable Spinner Trolley
The Delsey Luggage Helium Aero International Carry-On case comes with a hard, durable exterior but does not compromise on style. It is a sleek and elegant design that will not scuff or scratch. It is the perfect touch of luxe for any traveler or globetrotter and comes in four chic colors all with a shiny finish, so your look will still be on point while you’re navigating the busy terminals. For such a strong and sturdy case it’s also super light and moveable with four spinner wheels that rotate in any direction.
4. Victorinox Spectra 2.0 29
Known for producing luggage that exceeds industry standards, Victorinox is regarded as one of the best brands in the luggage biz. The front compartment is easily accessible and ideal for carrying your laptop, jacket or water bottle. Like all Victorinox products, the Spectra 2.0 29 has a tough scratch-resistant outer with a stylish matte finish. Its versatile range of motion means that it can be easily pulled on two wheels or pushed on four. Overall, it’s a sleek piece of luggage that melds fashion and function. It also comes in black, blue, red and white.
5. Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 20″ 4 Wheel Upright
This case’s durability alone is a good enough reason to buy it. But when you consider its sleek appearance, functionality, and affordability, it is hard to go past it. The Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 20” Moulded Upright Spinner will keep your travel essentials protected and your arms free of strain all while looking stylish. This lightweight carry-on features molded details, and it is designed to absorb impact. This means it will flex while under stress and then pop back into its original shape without any dents. It is spacious and has a fully lined luxurious interior complete with restrains, pockets and a lid compartment, meaning you won’t have to do the dreaded opening of your entire bag to retrieve your things in the middle of the airport.
6. Samsonite Omni PC 28-Inch Spinner
Whether you’re jetting off for an extended vacay or a frequent flyer you probably need a large suitcase with plenty of storage. Well, look no further than the Samsonite Omni PC 28-Inch Spinner. Samsonite is known for producing some of the most high-quality and reliable suitcases on the market. This case is durable, lightweight and it features four spinner wheels which can turn 360 degrees. So, navigating the foreign streets should be a breeze with the Omni PC gliding effortlessly over any surface. It also features scratch-resistant technology, so it will continue to look fresh while you travel and for many trips to come. It is available in several colors, and for a security bonus, it comes with a TSA lock mounted on the side.
7. Herschel Supply Co Medium Trade Luggage
Look and feel fantastic while you travel with the durable and highly functional Herschel Supply Co Medium Trade Luggage Case. It is lightweight and convenient featuring mesh interiors to store smaller items or anything you may want to keep separate. If you’re into all things matching, this bag also sports the classic Herschel’s striped fabric liner, meaning your case will match your backpack. It also features a stylish pebbled leather diamond pattern, and pebbled leather pulls. Like most cases, it has four-wheeled spinners that rotate 360 degrees. However, this case will not roll away if you let go of the handle. This case is fashionable, functional and won’t dent even if you drop it.
8. American Tourister Ilite Max Softside Spinner 29
Functional, fashionable, fun and affordable, the American Tourister Ilite Max Softside Spinner 29 comes in seven different colors, meaning you can pick a bright and vibrant style to stand out in baggage claim or go for something subtle and professional. This lightweight expandable suitcase offers enough space that you don’t have to streamline your packing. It also boasts two front pockets for items you want to be easily accessible. Its four spinner wheels and super lightweight, spacious design all make for easy mobility and stress-free packing.
9. Coolife Luggage Expandable Suitcase PC+ABS Spinner Carry-On
If you’re planning to rough it or even just a little bit paranoid about those less than careful baggage handlers, the Coolife Luggage Expandable Suitcase may be what you need. Travel with peace of mind knowing that your case is protected. The case features a hard plastic shell that has undergone rigorous quality control testing to ensure it can withstand the turmoils of traveling. To top it off, the interior is completely lined with multi-use organizational pockets, making packing clothes, jewelry, accessories, technology, and any other items very smooth sailing. It is spacious, easy to organize, strong and fashionable.
10 Antler Aire 4W
If you’re taking off on a longer trip or even just on the hunt for a super-light bag, look no further. Antler’s Aire 4W Expanding Suitcase weighs in at just over two kilograms, making it the brand’s lightest soft case ever. The best part is that its lightweight does not affect its durability. It has the same inner padding as the brand’s bigger cases and can withstand plenty of bumps and scrapes. Know that your things are safe and that your super light luggage will continue to look good as new for all your adventures. It will glide effortlessly over any surface including the cobblestoned lanes of Russia and the busy streets of New York.
11. Olympia Apache II 21″ Carry-On Spinner
What is extra special about the Apache II is Olympia’s patented hidden compartment. Exclusive to Olympia, this is a hidden expandable compartment that allows you to easily access your laptop, sweater, headphones, water bottle, wallet and more. This means no more awkwardly rummaging through your bag in the middle of the busy airport frantically searching for your things. In addition to this handy feature, this bag is also super strong, especially considering its price range. It also includes a zippered divider with shoe pockets and mesh pockets for items you might want to keep separate from the rest of your things.
12. Briggs & Riley Baseline Large Expandable 28″ Upright
If you’re after something with a simple and minimal style that offers one of the most satisfying packing experiences imaginable, the Briggs & Riley Baseline is the bag for you. While it is a little on the pricey side, it is certainly worth the extra cash. The expansion/compression system allows you an additional 2½ inches of space then compress the bag to its original size. Thanks to the handy latch mechanism, the lid is kept firmly in place with no extra pressure placed on the zip. This bag also offers varying degrees of expansion or compression as opposed to other cases which can only be fully expanded. As well as being a sophisticated and stylish piece, this bag offers truly unique and exceedingly functional features.
13. Hartmann Herringbone Luxe Softside Carry On Expandable Spinner
Hartmann has long set the bar in the luggage line, creating timeless travel pieces that are functional, fashionable and reliable. The Hartmann Herringbone Luxe Carry On will get you where you need to go without slowing you down or compromising your look. The durable steel coils and fiberglass rod frame are hidden neatly by the luxe design. This case is shock-resistant and available in hard or soft case styles. It also features a removable waterproof pouch.
14. The Travelpro Maxlite 3 Expandable Spinner
Are you a fan of a sneaky weekend getaway or always going here and there for quick business trips? A smaller, lightweight case that still offers plenty of space might be more up your alley. The Travelpro Maxlite 3 Expandable Spinner is a reasonably priced smaller bag that is perfect for short trips or as a carry-on. Just be sure to double-check your airline’s restrictions regarding carry-ons first. It features an ultra-lightweight design and a four-wheel spinner system with wheels that rotate 360 degrees. This case is significantly lighter than others of its size meaning it can be lifted up and down with ease. It is ideal for shorter getaways but can be expanded to fit up to a week’s worth of clothing.
15. Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista
Sturdy, reliable, functional and made to meet airport standards. This bag is perfect for all you travelers hunting for a staple piece of luggage. The rolling garment bag feature allows you to hang shirts, dresses or any other items you want to keep clean and protected. You can hang them in their own section and keep them as wrinkle-free as possible. This is especially handy when traveling for business or a special occasion. As well as wheels that glide and turn smoothly, this bag also comes with a stopper on the wheels, meaning you can stop to catch your breath, get a coffee or have a chat knowing your bag won’t roll away. It is functional, attractive and offers a large packing capacity.
Alexandra Linde is an experienced writer holding a bachelor's degree in Journalism. She is the owner of Alexandra McKiterick Creative and has expertise in travel, fashion, fitness and lifestyle. Alex has previously written for Flightcenter, Travello, and Backpacker Deals.
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